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LaTroy Hawkins hit by ball in groin while not wearing protective cup

Major League Baseball gamers who don’t put on protecting cups, guys like New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, should know they’re taking a calculated risk. They do it for bodily consolation because, even these days of advanced engineering, cups can really feel cumbersome *down there*.

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Well, Hawkins won the lottery within the worst potential means Wednesday evening. Pitching in opposition to Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers within the ninth inning, Hawkins fielded a pointy grounder again to the mound along with his unprotected groin.

And it damage. Rather a lot.

Hawkins managed to choose up the ball and throw out Hairston at first. With Andre Ethier coming to bat as a pinch hitter, Dodgers workers went to check on Hawkins. Later in the New York Every day News, he said:

“I assumed I might get by way of it,” said Hawkins, who took two warm-up pitches with trainer Ray Ramirez, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen all watching earlier than going through Ethier.

Regardless, Ethier hit a tying two-run dwelling run, and Mets would fall 4-2 in 12 innings. Afterward, Hawkins supplied this PG-rated quote about how it felt:

The New York Publish published a extra detailed (NSFW) model:

(Getty) “It was a direct hit — no cup,” stated Hawkins, who remained in agony after the game. “Once I lifted my leg, I may feel my balls in my throat, but I believed I could get through it. I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts.”

As Deadspin mentioned, it’s one of many nice quotes in baseball historical past.

Reporter Marc Carig called the session with Hawkins, “Possibly probably the most excruciating postgame interview I’ve ever been concerned with.”

He wasn’t even the man who took a shot to the groin. And yet, there’s a one thing of a psychic bond that types amongst beings with testicles. It is almost like we may feel Hawkins’ pain. Virtually.

No bueno indeed.

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Dodgers complete crazy comeback on Fernando Rodney’s throwing error

They could not have held the longest present successful streaks heading into play on Friday night, but the hottest groups in baseball since Memorial Day have been the Tampa Bay Rays within the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers within the National League. That’s an enormous part of what made their first ever sequence at Dodger Stadium so attention-grabbing coming in the weekend, and the sport itself certainly showcased both workforce’s strengths.

For the Rays, it is starting pitching. They obtained one other gem from defending American League Cy Younger winner David Worth, who held Los Angeles to 1 unearned run over seven innings.

For the Dodgers, it is a relentless offensive attack that makes opposing pitching staffs work for all 27 outs. That is why even after they trailed 6-zero against Value at one level within the seventh inning, they did not start freely giving at-bats. They stored battling, and finally clawed themselves again into an honest place dealing with Fernando Rodney within the ninth inning.

Starting the inning trailing 6-three, Los Angeles would get a lead-off single from Skip Schumaker earlier than Dee Gordon struck out for the primary — and only — out Rodney would record. The Dodgers would then string together three consecutive run scoring additional-base hits to tie the game. Mark Ellis started the run with a triple, and then Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez followed with doubles. Rodney then deliberately walked Yasiel Puig partially to avoid him and partially to set up the double play.

It was a sensible baseball decision all the best way round, and it was going to work out perfectly as Jerry Hairston Jr. tapped a one hopper back to Rodney to start what should have been a routine 1-6-3 double play. Only Rodney acquired confused on who was masking second base, and in his haste to make a throw ended up sailing it into middle subject to permit the successful run to attain.

Just like that a once comfy 6-zero and then 6-three lead had been rotated right into a 7-6 loss.

Think they’re having fun? (USA At present)

From MLB.com:

“It is just a state of affairs the place virtually on a regular basis your bullpen is going to lock that down,” Rays manager Joe Maddon unhappy. “They just did not do this tonight. It was a tough, arduous-fought recreation. We performed nicely to that point. We did not play badly. We just did not shut it out pitching sensible.”

It’s a stinging loss for a staff battling in the loaded American League East, nevertheless it’s just the newest in a string of impressive wins for the surging Dodgers.

I consider that cements how impressive the victory was. It’s just too bad so many fans determined to depart early, right A.J. Ellis?

I know leaving early is fashionable in L.A., however the Dodgers play of late needs to be sufficient to alter the pattern. They are a staff worth watching from beginning to end, regardless of how late you are for dinner along with your agent.

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Foul ball rips through net behind plate, hits woman at Nationals game

Barely a month ago, The Stew posted about a man who spilled beer on himself and others at a Philadelphia Phillies game after he flinched when a ball was fouled back to the screen behind home plate.

The post made fun of him. Perhaps he’s owed an apology.

A woman sitting in the front row behind home plate at Nationals Park on Saturday night was hit in the left shoulder by a foul ball after the net failed. Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers was batting against Rafael Soriano.

If you watch closely, you can see the woman grab her shoulder. The ball also appears to glance off the woman’s hand, which happened to be covering/in front of her face. Try not to imagine the consequences were she hit in the head.

Scary as heck.

Twitter fellow Andrew Tabach happened to be sitting behind her at the game and he messaged Deadspin two photos, including one with the net obviously ripped:

Yikes. The Washington Nationals have a little problem with one of their nets. At least the Phillies have them beat in that department. Way to go, Citizens Bank Park!

Tabach added:

“[…] She cried a bit and got an ice pack from usher. Guy who found the ball gave it to her”

She got the ball back. The souvenir of a lifetime, which she probably saw flash before her eyes.

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